Early Thorn (Selinia dentaria)
The Early Thorn (Selinia dentaria) arrives. Selinia (the moon) refers to the little lunate shapes on the wing - in the photograph you can see that this moth's antenna is just crossing one; dentaria from dentis a tooth - the jagged edge of the wings. This moth was named by Fabricius in 1775. JC Fabricius was a Danish entomologist and is considered to be one of the most distinguished of the pupils of Linnaeus. There were four Early Thorns in the trap yesterday but the other thirty or so moths were Clouded Drabs, Common Quakers or Hebrew Characters - the numbers are encouraging signs for later in the year.
|Waved Umber (Menophra abruptaria)|
|Early Thorn (illustration 13)|
Above can be seen the Early Thorn with other Thorns - the Lunar Thorn (Fig.17) and the September Thorn (Fig.9). The prominent caterpillar (Fig. 27) is that of the Brimstone Moth.
Below is the Waved Umber with the pretty blue flower of the aquilegia or columbine.